by Jeremy Canfield | Updated January 1st, 2017
- In VirtualBox, click New.
- Name = Windows 7
- Type = Windows 7
- Itâ€™s okay to keep the default RAM of 512. However, if your computer has plenty of RAM to spare, it can speed up Windows to allocate more RAM. Note: This can be changed later in Settings > System.
- Create a virtual hard drive now.
- VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)
- Dynamically allocated
- 500.00 GB
- Settings > General > Advanced.
- Shared Clipboard = Bidirectional
- Dragâ€™nâ€™Drop = Bidirectional
- Settings > System > Motherboard.
If Enable I/O APIC is not checkmarked, only one CPU core will be used by the guest OS. So, we checkmark Enable I/O APIC so that the guest OS uses all 4 cores.
- Move Floppy to bottom, and uncheck
- Move CD/DVD-ROM to top
- Checkmark Enable I/O APIC
- Settings > System > Processor.
If the option to increase the CPUs is not available, go into BIOS of the Host OS, and in the CPU, enable hardware virtualization.
- Increase the CPU from 1 to 4
- Settings > Storage
Under Controller: IDE, click on empty, and then to the right, next to CD/DVD drive, click on the disc icon, and select the ISO (X17-59463).
- Add ISO
- Settings > USB.
We do this because we need to be able to detect USB devices in Windows, for backup purposes.
- Check mark Enable USB Controller
- Check mark Enable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Contoller
- Start the virtual machine, and follow the Windows install prompts.